Britain in Colour: Royalty – Smithsonian Channel

Britain in Colour on Smithsonian Channel reveals 20th-century British history as you have never seen it before - using colourised archive footage to bring to life the making of modern Britain


Queen Victoria in 1867 wearing mourning clothes after losing Albert

Queen Victoria in 1867 wearing mourning clothes

In 1896, the first film of Queen Victoria was shot. In tonight’s episode, it shows the 77-year-old monarch in a carriage with her family around her at Balmoral.

It’s quite remarkable to see it at all, never mind in colour.

The rest of the documentary on free-to-air channel Smithsonian races through modern British history as it tells the story of the Royal Family captured 
on film and now shown in colour.

The Duchess of York, later the Queen Mother, in 1930

The Duchess of York, later the Queen Mother, in 1930

From funerals to coronations, an abdication, 
two world wars and beautiful footage of 
a young Princess Elizabeth with no idea how soon she will be made Queen, this is an illuminating and intimate look back at 
the Royals as they are rarely seen.

King Edward VIII announcing his abdication on the radio

King Edward VIII announcing his abdication on the radio

TV Times rating: ***